What to Do if You Get an APR

Published on Sep 24, 2013

Even the most creative and ambitious students bite off more than they can chew once in a while. If you are doing poorly or failing one or more of your classes, you will be notified you have an APR—or academic progress report—via email . But fret not! APRs are not punitive and getting one does not mean the end of your college career. In fact, APRs are meant to be helpful notifications. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you receive an APR.

  • Talk to your professor and college advisor—ASAP. The longer you wait to speak with them, the less likely you will be able to pass the class and get back to good academic standing. They will be able to tell you what your best option is. Remember, your professors are not there to punish you, but to help you in any way they can. Think of them as the Gandalf to your Frodo.
  • Consider withdrawal. APRs are sent out the fifth week of school to allow students to consider withdrawal from any class they believe they will not be able to pass. Don’t rush into this decision. Talk to both your academic advisor and professor when considering withdrawal. Withdrawal is a great option if you need to cut something out of your schedule, but if you still have time to catch up, don’t shortchange yourself.
  • Get back on track. Like I said, everyone falls behind once in a while. Whether it’s a crazy roommate or a second job, sometimes life can get overwhelming. Luckily, there are several places on campus that can help you get out of your rut, no matter what your issues are. Are you struggling academically? Head to the Learning Studio, where tutors in various subjects will work with you one-on-one. Dealing with personal issues that are bringing down your A-game? Counseling Services offer several types of therapy free-of-charge, including individual and group.